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Advisory Committee to Hold Public Hearing on Access to Guardianship and Conservatorship Case Records

Posted: Monday, August 10, 2020

The Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Public Access to Records of the Judicial Branch has asked been asked to review whether the Rules of Public Access should be amended to conform to 2020 Legislation (Act of May 16, 2020, ch. 86, art. I) that designates additional categories of information disclosed in guardianship and conservatorship submissions as confidential and establishes new procedures for submitting the information confidential. Currently certain medical records, financial records, and some restricted identifiers, such as social security numbers, are not accessible to the public and must be submitted with the appropriate cover sheet. Minn. R. Public Access to Recs. of the Judicial Branch 4, subd. l(f); Minn. Gen. R. Prac. 11.01-11.03.
 
The 2020 Legislation is available on the Revisor of Statutes’s website, and the court’s orders establishing that court rules rather than the 2020 legislation control access to court records, and referring the issue to the advisory committee, can be found on the Court’s website.
 
The committee has scheduled a public hearing as part of its regular meeting for Friday, August 28, 2020; the meeting lasts from 1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m., and the hearing segment is scheduled to begin at approximately 2:00. The meeting will be held via Zoom with directions to be provided by committee staff.
 
If you would like to make a brief, oral statement to the committee, please submit a letter requesting to appear and explaining in general the comments you intend to make, to the committee no later than August 21, 2020. Please submit this by mail or email (email preferred) to the location below. If you simply want to submit written comments only, those must also be submitted no later than August 21, 2020. The committee reserves the right to limit all presentations and submissions appropriately.
 
Michael Johnson,
Senior Legal Counsel
State Court Administration
125 H -C Minnesota Judicial Center
25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, MN 55155
Email: LegalCounselRules@courts.state.mn.us